Religion: Tuesday, The Rabbi Bought PTL

An odd new ownership for the moribund evangelistic empire

As the latest incredible news broke last week at the PTL ministry's forlorn theme park at Fort Mill, S.C., barely a tenth of the rooms were occupied in the Heritage Grand Hotel. Along the adjoining Main Street shopping arcade, stale popcorn was piled unsold in a vendor's cart, and saleswomen without customers knitted listlessly in a crafts shop. Cranes, brought in to construct Jim Bakker's fantasies, stood eerily idle, as they have since scandal struck 19 months ago.

The compound has become Christendom's most lumbering white elephant. Last week an unlikely angel of rescue appeared. He is not a Gospel glad-hander...

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